Rand Paul

Is such a self-righteous little poser:

A Senate subcommittee held a hearing this week on funding the existing Older Americans Act, including a $2 billion investment to prevent senior hunger. The panel, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), explored how the government can actually save money through these investments.

It’s really not that complicated. By spending money to prevent hunger and malnutrition among the elderly, Americans can save on health care and nursing home costs.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), labeled “America’s Dumbest Senator” by some, was flabbergasted. “It’s curious that only in Washington can you spend $2 billion and claim that you’re saving money,” he said. “The idea or notion that spending money in Washington somehow is saving money really flies past most of the taxpayers.”

I think Sanders and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) made this pretty clear, but I’m nevertheless fascinated by the ways in which the right is completely unfamiliar with notion of “penny wise, pound foolish.”

In the case of the Older Americans Act, the government spends a little money up front, and in the process, doesn’t have to spend more money later on more expensive care. Rand Paul thinks this, on a conceptual level, is ridiculous. I think Rand Paul, on any level, is ridiculous.

Understanding this just requires a little bit of thought. If we cut spending on volcano monitoring and tsunami warnings, we save a little money on maintenance, but pay a lot of money on damage repairs after disaster strikes. If we cut spending on food safety, we save a little money on inspection, but pay a lot of money on health care costs when consumers get sick. If we cut spending for the Securities and Exchange Commission, as Republicans are desperate to do, we save a little money on enforcement, but pay a lot of money to clean up financial catastrophes.

For every dollar the IRS spends on audits, liens, and property seizures, the government brings in more than $10. If we spend less on IRS enforcement, as Republicans demand, it costs us more.

Is this really that confusing?

It’s amazing what people will believe, once they’ve decided they should.

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  1. What they say about government is the opposite of what they would do for themselves. Which is why they want alll the money they can possibly amass.

    BushBoy had his “ranch” house outfitted with all the best energy saving, ecologically up-to-the-minute technology money could buy. But he did nothing to ensure that that technology could be made less expensive to help the non-Uberwealthy, the nation, and the environment.

    That’s how they think: “We” get whatever we can; screw the rest of you. If God wanted you to have food, healthcare, good housing, environmentally beneficial technology, He would have provided the wherewithal to get those things to your or your forebears — who would have left you huge tax-free estates.

    They’re basically Calvinistic capitalistic kleptocrats.

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